Internship Opportunities with Religion for Peace

The Ansari Institute partners with Religions for Peace on a student internship program. Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to apply to intern with Religions for Peace for a semester or the summer and receive financial support from the institute. Religions for Peace (RfP) is a global interfaith peacebuilding coalition based in New York City that has been advancing peace for the past 50 years. RfP has six strategic priorities:

  1. Promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies
  2. Advance gender equality
  3. Nurture a sustainable environment
  4. Champion freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  5. Strengthen interreligious education
  6. Foster multi-religious collaboration and global partnerships

A variety of internship opportunities are available. For more information on open positions, please visit the careers page on the RfP website and scroll down to the internships section. In general, RfP will hire both undergraduate and graduate students, but all students must be interested in one RfP’s six strategic priorities. Prior experience in religious peacebuilding, interreligious work, and international studies is a plus. Successful applicants have usually been majoring or minoring in one of the following fields: Peace Studies, International Development Studies, Political Science, Theology, Global Affairs, or Communications. 

The experience

Students will ideally intern full-time during the semester or the summer, though there are flexible options due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At a minimum, students should be able to work 20 hours a week. Students interested in semester long internship opportunities can conduct those virtually and those interested in the summer internship program will ideally be interning in person in New York City.

Financial support and selection process

This is an unpaid internship position, though the Ansari Institute will offer modest financial support to students who apply through our selection process. Students will be asked to submit a resume and respond to a few short answer questions. A committee from the Ansari Institute, made up of a faculty member, a student, and a staff member, will make the final determinations of students to nominate to RfP. One to two students will then be nominated to intern for RfP. The ultimate decision of internship office placement is at the discretion of RfP staff. 

If you have additional questions please reach out to Sheila Christophorou at

The application process

The deadline to apply for an RfP fall internship with financial support from the Ansari Institute is Friday, May 14.

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Spring 2021 Intern

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Oneile Gorata Baitlotli is a University of Notre Dame senior from Molepolole, Botswana, who is passionate about finding sustainable solutions for access to quality education in Southern Africa. Her major in political science, as well as minors in international development and peace studies, have enabled her to deepen her knowledge on the subject.

Baitlotli interned for Afrika Tikkun in South Africa in the summer of her sophomore year and worked with The Rusalia Foundation in Kenya after her junior year. Both organizations are committed to improving access to education in underprivileged communities. She was attracted to peace studies because of her interest in peace-centered development that recognizes and prioritizes human dignity.